'Complex but businesslike': Russia on preliminary talks with US in Geneva

Source : 112 Ukraine

The US will hold talks with Russia on nuclear weapons and Ukraine on January 10
08:02, 10 January 2022

Sergey Ryabkov
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The first round of talks between the United States and Russia ended in Geneva on the evening of January 9. The meeting lasted two hours, Interfax reports.

 Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said the conversation was "complex but businesslike".

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"Amazing. The conversation was complex, it couldn't be easy. It was businesslike in principle. I don't think we'll waste time in vain tomorrow," he told reporters in Geneva.

The US will hold talks with Russia on nuclear weapons and Ukraine on January 10.

Meanwhile, the Russian Federation has no optimistic expectations from the talks with the US in Geneva on security guarantees.

According to Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, the Kremlin has realistic expectations from the talks, since, in his opinion, the United States and NATO will try to slow down this process.

He noted that Moscow wants to “reach an agreement dynamically, without pauses,” however, in his words, “to assume progress, the more rapid … is naive.”

“Our expectations are realistic. Based on the signals that have been heard from Washington and Brussels in recent days, it would probably be naive to assume progress, all the more rapid. This, of course, is an alarming moment, because we have been tasked with reaching an agreement dynamically, without pauses. Without giving the US and NATO colleagues the opportunity to slow down everything, to immerse endless same topics in discussions,“ Ryabkov told Interfax.

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